sketch with susan

sketchbooking day-retreat

** Gorse Hill Hotel, Woking, Surrey **

** one-day sketching retreat with susan **

Saturday 16th march 2024

Sketching the Everyday

Join me in my hometown of Woking, in the boutique hotel at Gorse Hill for a full-day of sketching and creativity. All materials, tuition and lunch included.

** Online booking NOW OPEN **

Sketch the everyday with susan

In this one-day sketching retreat with Susan, you will be looking at how to create interesting sketches and sketchbook spreads from the everyday objects around you.

Suitable for beginners to sketching or anyone wanting to be inspired by the things we come across in our daily lives. This is the perfect way to enjoy filling your sketchbook and build a regular drawing habit.

As a group we will be working on our powers of observation through various simple exercises that are both fun and instructive as well as taking time to understand the materials we are working with.

I will open up the pages of my own sketchbooks, teach you ways to draw and sketch that I use myself and provide tons of inspiring information through books, discussions and a selection of interesting objects to draw.

Note: All materials, including sketchbooks, are provided. We will primarily be working in pencil, a variety of pens and ink.

A day of relaxed creativity

what will we get up to?

understand your materials

Throughout the day-retreat you will be working in pencil, pens and ink to create lots of doodles, sketches and drawings.

sketching simple objects and forms

We will be studying simple objects such as cups, vases and jugs as well as the small everyday items we find around us.

find the beauty in the everyday

Let’s really explore the beauty of the everyday and discover how you can fit sketching into your regular routine, even if you just have 2 minutes to spare.

improve your sketching technique

In a fun and informative way I will guide you through a number of exercises that help you understand how to translate 3D forms onto the 2D page.

** bookings now open **

Reasons to book

Join me for a unique sketching day-retreat in a boutique hotel in Surrey.

Saturday 16th March 2024, 9.30am-5pm

Here's just a few reasons why I think you should join me...


Beautiful Setting

Join me, Susan, for an inspiring day-retreat, full of sketching in beautiful leafy Surrey. Set in the boutique hotel at Gorse Hill (just a few miles away from my own home) this really is a treat to yourself that cannot be missed.

Enjoy the opportunity to sketch from observation as a group in a dedicated sketching studio overlooking the hotel grounds.

** Accomodation is available to book directly with the hotel for those travelling from further away! **

sketch together

Enjoyable Experience

I am passionate about cultivating supportive inspiring sketching communities. I have a wonderful online community of sketchers and am sharing this opportunity for an in-person group sketching experience.

Meet like-minded people who enjoy sketching and painting, share in a creative experience, immersing yourself in your art away from the stresses of daily life.

You’ll be in a small group learning together and enjoying downtime, maybe you’ll make new friends and share art tips with each other.

"it felt like a weekend with family i never knew I had. thank you." Jenny, retreat attendee, Sept 2023

Creative Practice

The day will begin with one of my famous 'sketchbook warm-ups' to get you ready for your day of drawing.

Then throughout the day there will be a variety of guided sketching sessions on mark-making, understanding your materials and composition for small sketchbook spreads,

We will spend the day in the dedicated studio space fully equipped with additional tools and materials, as well as plenty of interesting objects to draw. These carefully curated sketching sessions will help you to build up your power of observation as well as develop techniques in quick sketching to build your confidence.

Let’s really explore the beauty of the everyday and discover how you can fit sketching into your regular routine, even if you just have 2 minutes to spare.

After the retreat you will come away inspired and creatively full, with plenty of completed sketches and ideas for what to continue sketching after the retreat is over.

"I cannot thank you both enough. I've refound my art mojo. I have found my confidence just to do it - right or wrong - have a go. I'm inspired so much!" Jane C, Retreat attendee, Sept 2023

Gorse Hill Hotel, Surrey - Saturday 16th March 2024

The Experience

Details of the proposed schedule for the day-retreat:

Saturday 16th March 2024

9.30am – Welcome and introduction (tea and coffee)

10am – 11am - First sketching session

Morning break

11.30am – 12.30pm – Second sketching session

Lunch and creative mindset discussion

2-3pm – Afternoon sketching

Afternoon tea break

3.30 – 4.30pm – Final sketching session

4.30pm – Group discussion

5pm – finish

Artist, author and online educator

About your host - Susan Yeates

I teach aspiring sketchbook artists just like you, how to live more creatively, re-discover your inner artist, build confidence in drawing, fill sketchbooks and make art you can be proud of.

I’ve worked as a successful professional artist for over 15 years, authored 6 art books including Sketchbook Challenge: 100 Prompts for Daily Drawing, spoken at TedX Woking, been featured on HobbyMaker TV, created over 35 online courses, and taught thousands of aspiring artists sketching and drawing techniques. 

For the last few years, sketching on a regular basis those things that I see around me has been my foundation, and underpins all of my creative endeavours. To just grab a pencil and sketch what you see in front of you, wherever you happen to be is such a joy.

I cannot wait to share with you the fun I personally have sketching and doodling everyday objects and items.

At this day-retreat a good friend of mine, Kirsty Grey will also be attending as host and event organiser to ensure the well-being of all guests. Together we will be your team for the day.

Additional Details and Booking Information


£175 per person

Number of Spaces:

There is a maximum of 20 spaces on this retreat. Advanced booking recommended.


The retreat includes lunch as well as tea and coffee and snacks throughout the day. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.


The Gorse Hill Hotel, Hook Heath Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 0QF

Tools and Materials:

All art materials needed for the retreat will be provided e.g. sketchbooks, paper, pencils, pens. If you have special pencils or materials you prefer to use, please feel free to bring these along too.


We will be sketching indoors for the duration of the day-retreat but outdoor clothes or a jacket would be recommended if you wish to explore the hotel grounds at the lunch break.

Suitable for:

This sketching retreat is suitable for beginners to sketching as well as those with experience. The sketching sessions will be guided but also enjoyable and fun. This is a sketching retreat for grown-ups, so over 18s only please.


Advance booking only. We require payment in full secure your space via the booking link and online shop here on my website. Link below.


Accommodation is NOT included in the price of the booking. However a special discounted B&B rate is available with the hotel for you to book directly should you wish to stay on the Friday or Saturday night, or both. £139 incl. VAT (Double room, single occupancy). Please call the hotel on t: 01483 747 444, mentioning that you are with the sketching group.


There is free parking available at the hotel.


Full terms and conditions including cancellation policy are listed below. By booking a space on this retreat you are agreeing to the booking terms and conditions. A PDF version of the T&Cs is also available by emailing

Have any questions?

No problem! Just email and we will be able to help you.

the small-print

terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions – Sketching with Susan – Sat 16th March 2024 - Gorse Hill Hotel, Woking  

In these Booking Conditions references to “we” “us” and “our” is the company Susan Yeates Artist, references to "you" and "your" include the first named person on the booking and all persons on whose behalf a booking is
made or any other person to whom a booking is added or transferred.

Susan Yeates Artist operates in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the
courts of England and Wales, excluding all jurisdiction from other territories / countries.

1. Contract

These terms and conditions, the booking form, along with our privacy policy (found here form the retreat contract.

2. Booking and Payment

To book your place on the sketching retreat you must book online and pay the full retreat cost of £175. Full payment is required on booking to secure your space. Arrival date on this one day retreat is Saturday 16th March 2024. Costs for the retreat are listed on the retreat webpage

3. Cancellations

You must contact us in writing at to cancel your booking. A cancellation will take effect from the date that written notice is received at our office. As we incur costs in cancelling your arrangements you will have to pay the applicable cancellation charges shown in the table below – these show the proportion of the full retreat cost.

Period before departure in which you notify us of your cancellation

More than 90 days - 10% of cost due

90 days or less - 20% of cost due

30 days or less - 50% of cost due

7 or less days - 100% of cost due

4. If we cancel your booking

We will do our best to fulfil the obligations of this contract. If we do
need to cancel, we will offer an alternative date or a full refund.  

5. Child policy

Guests must be 18 or over to attend our sketching holidays.

6. Participation

On our sketching retreat the activities require an appropriate level of fitness. We reserve the right not to accept participants on our retreats and activities if, in the reasonable opinion of the leader, this would compromise the safety or enjoyment of an individual or the group as a whole.

If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your booking, please provide us with full details before you make your booking so that we can try to advise you as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements. We may require you to produce a doctor’s certificate certifying that you are fit to participate. Acting reasonably, if we are unable to properly accommodate the needs of the person(s) concerned, we will not confirm your booking or if you did not give us full details at the time of booking, we will cancel it and impose applicable cancellation charges when we become aware of these details.

 7. Sketching

Tools and materials suitable for the activities of the retreat will be provided (e.g. sketchbook, pens, pencils and paints). You are welcome to bring your own materials and you will be responsible for these. In the event of unsuitable weather conditions for “plein-air” painting and/or sketching and/or drawing, the group will sketch or paint indoors (accommodation, cafés or studio if applicable). You are advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor sessions.

 8. Behaviour

We cannot be held responsible for the actions or behaviour of other
guests or individuals who have no connection with your booking arrangements or with us.

9. Food and Drinks

Each guest will be responsible for what he or she consumes and can or cannot consume while on our holidays. You agree not to hold us responsible for allergic reactions, intolerance to any foods or drinks, or for any foods or drinks consumed which had any negative consequences on your health or
well-being or resulting in death.

10. Illness or absence

If you must withdraw from a holiday after commencement for any reason, you will need to contact your personal holiday insurance company. Unfortunately, no refunds can be made for absences from a holiday, including missed tutoring, missed meals, nights at the accommodation, or any activities you may have missed, or partially missed.

11. Responsibility

We hold no responsibility if you become ill, are personally injured
(fall, road accident, or any other injury) or decease during the holiday period. You are responsible for your personal and travel insurance. You are responsible for complying with our Terms and Conditions. We hold no responsibility for any staining on your clothing caused by you or any member of the group by our materials. For safety reasons, adequate footwear is advisable
when walking to sites with the group, or anywhere outside of the accommodation.

By making a booking for the sketching retreat listed above you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

If you have any queries regarding the contents of these terms and conditions or would like a PDF version emailed to you, please email and we will be happy to help.

Saturday 16th March 2024

Sketch with Susan in Surrey